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Speaker 1 (00:03):
Welcome to Before Breakfast, a production of iHeartRadio. Good Morning,
This is Laura. Welcome to the Before Breakfast podcast. Today's
tip is to check your spam folder. Even the best
email programs sometimes send messages to the wrong place. By

(00:26):
checking once a week or so, you just might find
something interesting. So, like many people, I process my main
inbox to current every few days or so. But a
few months ago I remember feeling like it was strange
that I hadn't heard from someone. This person had seemed
quite adamant in an earlier conversation that they would be

(00:49):
reaching out about something soon. So on a hunch, I
checked my spam mailbox and sure enough, the message was there.
It was several days old at that point, but it
was there, and it was better to have read it
than not read it. And while I was there, I
also found a nice message from someone who had read

(01:10):
my books. I definitely wanted to respond to that one. Honestly,
I wanted to print that particular message out. It wasn't
spam at all. I was a little miffed that my
email program thought it was. Now. Of course, those two
worth while messages were located in the middle of about
one hundred other messages that were pure garbage, I mean

(01:34):
Nigerian Prince level scam stuff. But it didn't take very
long to scroll through the one hundred garbage messages. I
was glad I checked, and maybe you will be too.
So today's episode is just a reminder that your primary
inbox may not be the sum total of all the

(01:56):
messages you are receiving. Most email pros try to sort
what is useful from what is not, and often they
do a really good job, but on occasion they don't.
You probably don't want to check your spam folder too closely,
as that is largely going to be a waste of time.

(02:18):
Checking once a week, on the other hand, means that
you can find anything that you truly do want to
see and you will still be responding in a reasonably
timely manner. So that is what I aim to do
on Fridays. If I am triaging my inbox from the
week and seeing what I still need to follow up on,

(02:41):
I take a quick glance at my spam folder in
the past week. I found some music from one of
my kids teachers. I guess the filter didn't like the attachment,
and a message from the school. It just took a
few minutes to look, and it turned out that those
were minutes well spent. Have you ever found anything important

(03:03):
in your spam folder? I'd love to hear about any
near misses. You can reach me at Laura at Laura
vandercam dot com. If the message does go to spam,
don't worry, I will see it within the week. In
the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening, and here's

(03:25):
to making the most of our time. Thanks for listening
to Before Breakfast. If you've got questions, ideas, or feedback,
you can reach me at Laura at Laura vandercam dot com.

(03:49):
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